Obituaries | In Memory of

Obituaries, In Memory of

Robert H. “Bob” Knight


Robert H. “Bob” Knight

Age 94, of Burnsville, WV passed away peacefully on Wednesday, February 22, 2012, at his home after a short illness.

Bob was born October 04, 1917, in Burnsville, a son of the late Alfred B. and Nannie Brown Knight.

He was a U.S. veteran of World War II, and retired from the Home Improvement Corporation of Burnsville. He was a former member of the Burnsville Volunteer Fire Department, and St. Michael’s Food Pantry. He founded the first taxi service in Burnsville and was a former member of the Town Council. He served on the Burnsville Water Board for over fifty years. He attended the Burnsville Senior Center and was a member of the Knights of Pythias (K of P).

He was also a member of Orlando Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Maple Singleton Knight; two sisters; and one brother.

Bob is survived by one daughter, Donna Marie Keller and husband, Ron, of Wheeling; sons, Robert H. Knight II and wife, Pam, of Canton, Ohio, Michael E. Knight and wife, Shelby, of Burnsville, Alfred Shaffer Knight and wife, Edna, of Bruceton Mills, and Billy Robinson and wife, Teresa, of Burnsville. Also surviving are many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews, and lifelong friend, Betty Carson of Burnsville.

Funeral service was held at 11:00 AM Tuesday, February 28, 2012, at Stockert-Sizemore Funeral Home in Flatwoods with the Rev. Lonnie Ramsey officiating.

Burial was in K of P Cemetery in Burnsville.

Friends called from 6:00 to 9:00 PM Monday at the funeral home.

Margaret Gae Kelley


Margaret Gae Kelley

Age 55 of Tallmansville, WV, passed away on Tuesday, February 21, 2012 in Pittsburg, PA.

She was born December 27, 1956 in Buckhannon, WV.

She was preceded in death by her father Ralph W. McCray; her brother David McCray and her daughter Angel Dawn Williams.

Margaret is survived by her mother Lucille G. Boggs McCray of Ireland, WV; husband Terry Kelley of Tallmansville; a son Roger Lee Williams, Jr. and wife Kimmy of Ireland; grandson Caleb Williams; 2 sisters, Brenda Helmick and husband Harold of Roanoke, WV; Carol McCray of Ireland; 2 brothers, Darley McCray and Travis McCray of Ireland.

Mrs. Kelley was a homemaker and loved to sew and quilt.

The family received friends from 4:00 to 6:00 PM Saturday, February 25, 2012 at the Alkire Funeral Chapel in Ireland, where services were held at 1:00 PM Sunday, February 26, 2012 with the Rev. Lonnie Ramsey officiating.

Burial followed at the McCutchan Chapel Cemetery.

The Alkire Funeral Chapel of Ireland, WV is in charge of the arrangements.

Rev. George Edward Lake


Rev. George Edward Lake

Age 80, of Lexington, NC (formerly of West Union, WV), departed this life on Thursday, February 23, 2012, at his residence.

Funeral services will be 11:00 AM on Wednesday, February 29, 2012, at the West Union Baptist Church, 204 Cottage Ave., West Union, WV.

Burial will follow in the South Fork Baptist Church Cemetery near Summers (Doddridge County).

Friends called at the church from 4:00 to 8:00 PM on Tuesday, February 28, 2012.

McCullough-Rogers Funeral Home, Pennsboro, WV, is assisting the family with the arrangements.

Virginia Ruth Ruddlesden


Virginia Ruth Ruddlesden

Age 96, of Parkersburg (formerly of Harrisville), departed this life on Friday, February 24, 2012, at Ohio Valley Health Care, Parkersburg.

Virginia was born June 08, 1915, in Gassaway, WV (Braxton County), a daughter of the late Elliott and Bertie Rutherford.

She spent her life as a homemaker for her family.

She was a member of the Vienna Wesleyan Church.

She greatly enjoyed making quilts and gardening.

She is survived by her children, Clyde Ruddlesden of Parkersburg, Ramona Longwell of Sardis, OH, and Donald Ruddlesden of Vienna, WV; brother, Kirk Rutherford of OH, along with several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Maurice Dalton Ruddlesden; son, Dalton J Ruddlesden, and step-daughter, Dorothy.

Funeral services were 1:00 PM, Monday, February 27, 2012, at the Raiguel Funeral Home, Harrisville with the Pastor Jack Harris officiating.

Burial followed in the Harrisville IOOF Cemetery.

Friends called from 2:00 to 4:00 and 6:00 to 8:00 PM on Sunday at the funeral home.

Loretta Jean McKinney


Loretta Jean McKinney

Age 40, of Route 1, Salem departed this life on Sunday, February 26, 2012.

She was born May 25, 1971 in Clarksburg a daughter of Ronald Britton Sr. and wife, Sarah, Alma and Betty Owens Hart and husband, Albin, Smithburg.

On October 24, 1992 she married Jefferey Ellis McKinney who survives.

Also surviving are one son, Tyler Jefferey McKinney, at home, three sisters, Angela Dawn Davis, Big Flint Community, Rhonda Sue Britton, Steubenville, OH, Jessica Ellen Blandori, West Union, four brothers, Kevin Wayne Britton, West Union, Dewayne Keith Britton, Salem, Mark Eugene Britton and Ronald Keith Britton both of West Union and several nieces and nephews. One brother, William Arthur Britton preceded her in death.

Mrs. McKinney had been a former employee of Doddridge County Senior Citizens as a Home Health Aide.

She was a member of Avon Community Church.

Funeral services will be conducted in the Spurgeon Funeral Home 212 Front St. West Union on Thursday, March 01, 2012 at 1:00 PM with Pastor Dave Masto, Pastor Robert Swiger and Pastor Calvin Robinson presiding.

Interment will follow in the Pt. Pleasant Cemetery, Oxford.

The family will receive friends in the funeral home chapel on Wednesday, February 29, 2012 from 2:00 to 8:00 PM and after 9:00 AM on Thursday until time of service.

Spurgeon Funeral Home is privileged to serve the McKinney family.

Hildegard Edith Rexroad


Hildegard Edith Rexroad

Age 80, departed this earthly life February 25, 2012, at her residence in Harrisville, WV, after a long illness.

She was born on February 06, 1932, in Berlin, Germany, the daughter of the late Ludwig Otta Schulz and Hildegard Agnes (Hapke) Schulz.

She was a graduate of mechanical and architectural draftsman college in Germany, and was employed by Siemen’s Corporation, as well as being an accomplished fine artist.

She is survived by her husband of 54 years, Ray H. Rexroad, Harrisville; one son, Michael Rexroad, Ashville, NC; one daughter, Iris Clymer, Coffeeville, KS; one brother, Kurt Schulz, Hamm, Germany; two sisters, Gisela Aitken, Orlando, FL, and Helga Fracker and husband Stan, Jackson, Michigan; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; as well as 35 nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by one brother, Hulmut Schulz, Germany.

Hildegard was a very loving and caring lady who would literally give you the shirt off her back to those in need, who truly cared for her fellow man. This lady will be surely missed by those who knew her and loved her. If she did not gain entrance through the “Pearly Gates” the rest of us do not stand a chance!

Funeral services will be 1:00 PM Thursday at Raiguel Funeral Home, Harrisville with the Rev. John Frum officiating.

Burial will follow in King Knob Cemetery near Harrisville.

Friends may call from 4:00 to 8:00 PM Wednesday at the funeral home.

Michael K. Lewis


Michael K. Lewis

Age 69, of Parkersburg, died on Saturday, February 18, 2012, at his home.

He was born on August 24, 1942, in Buckhannon, WV to the late Richard “Dick” and Creola Mullenix Lewis.

Mike was a lifetime member of St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and retired from GE Plastics as a lab technician after 25 years. He was a lifetime member of the Knights of Columbus and was instrumental in starting the WV K of C state golf tournament. He was also a member of the American Legion Post #15.

Mike loved to golf. When he had free time you could always find him on the course. He had shot six holes in one throughout his playing career. He enjoyed fishing, cheering for the Mountaineers and the Yankees, his vacations to Myrtle Beach, and most of all, his family.

He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Angela Lewis, son; Michael “Scott” Lewis (Stephanie) of Washington, WV, son; Jeff Lewis (Margret Jones) of Washington, WV, daughter Samantha McCarty (Tommy) of Charleston, WV, and son; Ryan Lewis (Cindy DeVore) of Parkersburg, one brother; Denny Lewis (Ellen) of Weston, WV, and nine grandchildren; Mary and Rylan Lewis of Parkersburg, Garret, Hayden, Alissa, and Zane McCarty of Charleston, WV, Blake Lewis of Parkersburg, and Daniel and Nathan Lewis of Washington, WV.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one son; Joseph Lewis, one brother; Gary Lewis, and one sister in law; Bernie Lewis.

The family would like to extend a special thanks to Dr. Hanna, nurses; Mary and Melissa, and Amedisys Hospice.

Mass of Christian Burial was Tuesday, February 21, at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church beginning at 10:00 AM with Monsignor Joseph Peterson / Reverend Andrew Switzer officiating.

Burial will follow the service at Mt. Carmel Cemetery where full military honors will be presented by American Legion Post #15.

Visitation was held on Monday, February 20, at Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg from 2:00 to 4:00 and 6:00 to 8:00 PM.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church Matthew 25 and/or Knights of Columbus Scholarship Fund.

Darlene Marie Rogers


Darlene Marie Rogers

2 month old infant daughter of Ordie J. Rogers Jr. and Ashley N. Kreh of Mt. Zion, WV, passed away Sunday, February 19, 2012 at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, WV.

She was born December 01, 2011 in Charleston WV.

Surviving in addition to her parents are one brother, Christian Hank Rogers; a half-sister, Hannah Grace Rogers; maternal grandparents, Wendy Kaphart of Virginia and Robert Kreh III of Maryland; paternal grandparents, Ordie Rogers, Sr. and Mina Lou Rogers of Chloe ,WV; great grandparents are Frances and Penny Darlene Rinehart of Mt. Zion, WV; several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Funeral services will be held 1:00 PM Monday, February 27 at Stump Funeral Home in Arnoldsburg, WV with Pastor Chris Stout officiating.

Interment will be in the Bailey Cemetery at Beech.

Friends may call at the funeral home one hour prior to services.

Carol “Lorene” Scarborough


Carol “Lorene” Scarborough

Age 70, of Belpre, Ohio died February 23, 2012, at her residence.

She was born in Gilmer County, WV, a daughter of the late Argel and Genevieve Katherine (Queen) Weaver.

She went to Tanner High School in West Virginia.

She was a homemaker and owned her own grocery and produce store for many years. She was a caregiver for elderly people in the area

She was a member of Calvary Community Church.

She loved to square dance and was a member of Carolina Cloggers.

She is survived by her companion of 11 years, Denny Rose; son, Bryan E. Moore (Rose) of Belpre; grandchildren, Dustin R. Moore, Christin Ridings, Paul Wilson III, Virginia Wilson, and Matthew Wilson; seven great grandchildren; two brothers, Rodney Weaver and Clarence Weaver (JoAnn), all of Belpre; a sister, Alma Vannoy (Clarence) of Belpre; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her first husband, Rodney Sam Moore and second husband, Robert Scarborough.

Services will be 2:00 PM Monday at Leavitt Funeral Home, Belpre with Pastor Ken Fullerton officiating.

Burial will be at Fairview Cemetery.

Visitation will be 5:00 to 8:00 PM Sunday.

Lori Lynn Provost


Lori Lynn Provost

Age 47, Bradenton, FL died February 20, 2012.

A lifelong resident of Bradenton, she was a Catholic, and worked for 18 years at Publix as a meat wrapper/cutter.

Predeceased by mother, Nancy Reynolds Fernandez Walker; survived by husband, Edward A.; father, Ralph (Maureen) Fernandez; step-daughter, Jennifer E. all of Bradenton; step-brother, Scott Allen of Albuquerque, NM; sister, Linda (Harry) Simmons of Newton WV; nephew, Dustin Simmons and his girlfriend Autumn Harkins, of Glenville, WV; step-sister, Kathy Barrs of St. Petersburg, FL.

Visitation were 6:00 to 8:00 PM on Wednesday February 22, 2012 with services 10:00 AM Thursday February 23, 2012 at Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel 604 43rd Street West, Bradenton, FL 34209.

Interment were at Mansion Memoiral Park, Ellenton, FL immediately after services.

Mildred L. (Wiant) Craig


Mildred L. (Wiant) Craig

Age 70, of 124 1st street Apartment 610, Weston, passed away on February 22, 2012 following an extended illness in the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital.

She was born on August 17, 1941 in Lewis County, West Virginia: daughter of the late Albert Roy Wiant, Sr. and Hila (Rogers) Wiant.

On March 22, 2003 she married Ralph David Craig who survives.

Mildred is survived by one daughter Shannon Raye Snyder of Buckhannon, one step son Greg Craig and wife Jennifer. Also surviving are two grandchildren Heather Cavens , J.J. Cavens both of Buckhanon, step-grandchildren Steven, Savannah, Hunter, and Cassandra Craig all of Weston. Also surviving are brothers; Hayward Wiant and wife Mary of Weston, Virgil Wiant and Joni of Rock Cave, and sisters Marie Waugh and husband Hartzel, Nora Burkhammer and husband Quenten, Irene Messenger and Ruby Metz all of Weston.

In addition to her parent she was preceded in death by one brother Albert Wiant, Jr. and one sister Leona Mick.

Mrs. Craig was a graduate of Weston High School with the class of 1960, she was a cook at Jackson Mill 4-H, and she enjoyed spending time with her family and friends.

Family and Friends will be received at the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home 730 North Main Avenue, Weston on Friday, February 24, 2012 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, February 25, 2012 at 11:00 AM from the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Clifford West officiating.

Interment will follow in the Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens.

Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is in charge of the arrangements for Mildred L. Craig.

Mary L. McQueen (Fury)


Mary L. McQueen (Fury)

Age 82, of 717 Cliff Street Weston passed away on Wednesday, February 22, 2012 in Mt Caramel/ St Ann’s Hospital of Columbus, Ohio following a brief illness.

She was born in Weston on April 03, 1930: daughter of the late Clarence I. Brown and Lula May (Wilson) Brown.

Ray McQueen, the husband and father of her children and later married Charles Fury, both preceded her in death.

Mary is survived by one daughter: Connie (Michael) McQueen Chapman of Weston, one son: Michael Ray McQueen and fiancée Melissa Canterbury of Columbus, OH and three grandchildren: Eric and Evan Chapman and Meagan Helmick. She is also survived by one sister: Jane Cummings of Weston and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and both husbands, Mary was preceded in death by two brothers: Fred and Bob Brown and one sister: Helen Brown.

Mary was a store owner of Shirts-N-Stuff of Weston. She also worked earlier at Weston Maytag. Mary enjoyed and was active at the Lewis County Senior Center of Weston.

Family and friends will be received at Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home on Saturday, February 25, 2012 from 12:00 Noon until 2:00 PM.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday at 2:00 PM from the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home chapel with Reverend Larry Buckland officiating.

Interment will follow services in Machpelah Cemetery of Weston, WV.

Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is charge of arrangements for Mary L. McQueen (Fury).

Adelene M. Spiker


Adelene M. Spiker

Age 88, of Jane Lew passed away on Friday, February 24, 2012 in United Hospital Center of Bridgeport following a brief illness.

She was born in Ritchie County on July 15, 1923: daughter of the late Glenn Maxson and Gay (Britton) Maxson.

On May 17, 1946, she married Lynn Spiker, who preceded her in death on April 03, 1995.

Mrs. Spiker is survived by one daughter: Melinda (Byron) Chambers of Romney and one son: John L. (Sue Ann) Spiker of Jane Lew. She is also survived by six grandchildren: Kelly Hicks, Chris Chambers and Jonelle, John Bob, Byron L. and David M. Spiker and eleven great-grandchildren. Also surviving is one brother: Charles Maxson of West Union and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, Lynn, Mrs. Spiker was preceded in death by one sister: Arlene Booher.

Mrs. Spiker was a teacher who taught typing and shorthand at Doddridge County High School, Weston High School and Lewis County High School and was a strong believer in the importance of an education. She received her B.S. in Education at Salem College and her Masters in Education at West Virginia University. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Weston. Also she was a member of the WV and Lewis County Retired Teachers Associations. Mrs. Spiker was a member of the Red Hats Society and was active with the Lewis County Senior Center of Weston.

Mrs. Spiker was known for her beautiful smile and friendly demeanor. She valued her friends and was always there to encourage others.

Family and friends will be received at the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home on Sunday, February 26, 2012 from 2:00 to 4:00 and 6:00 to 8:00 PM.

Funeral services will be held on Monday at 11;00 AM from the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home chapel with services conducted by family.

Interment will follow services in the Masonic Cemetery of Crystal Lake in Doddridge County.

Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is charge of arrangements for Adelene M. Spiker.

Governor Orders All U.S. and State Flags Lowered - 02.24.12


Governor Earl Ray Tomblin issued a proclamation today ordering all U.S. and State flags displayed at all State facilities be displayed at half-staff from dawn until dusk on Fri., February 24, 2012, the day of services for law enforcement officer, Sergeant Michael Todd May, who died in the line of duty on February 18, 2012.

“Our law enforcement officers’ commitment to duty ensures our safety and security,“ said Governor Tomblin. “We have lost a courageous officer whose dedication earned him the respect of the community, fellow law enforcement officers and many citizens across our state. Sergeant May’s bravery, in the face of danger, is an example to all and a reminder of the dangers our law enforcement officers face daily. Joanne and I extend our heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Sergeant May.“

A graduate of Morgantown High School, May attended Fairmont State University, where he pursued a degree in Criminal Justice. He later graduated from the West Virginia State Police Academy in Institute, WV.

After working briefly at the Eastern Regional Corrections facility and the Berkeley County Sherriff’s Department, May began his career with the Monongalia County Sheriff’s Department in Morgantown, WV. In his role at the department, May was assigned as a leader on its Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team, a shift supervisor and earned the rank of Sergeant. May died in the line of duty while responding to a call to assist fellow officers in a police pursuit.

May is survived by his father, Franklin Gerald May; his mother, Catherine Faye (Baker) May; his brother, Frankie May (Renee); and other family members to include uncles, a nephew, a niece and his extended family.

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